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The Tyranny of the Moderns

Nadia Urbinati


This book explores a profound shift in the ideology of individualism, from the ethical nineteenth-century standard, in which each person cooperates with others as equals for the betterment of their lives and the community, to the contemporary “I don't give a damn” maxim. Identifying this “tyranny of the moderns” as the most radical risk that modern democracy currently faces, the book examines the critical necessity of reestablishing the role of the individual citizen as a free and equal agent of democratic society.

Keywords: ideology of individualism, individual citizen, democratic society, modern democracy, community, nineteenth century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780300182774
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300182774.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nadia Urbinati, author
Columbia University